Presentation on the Old Hall, North Muskham - Jim Wishart [4 Dec 2008]
Muskham Vale Heritage Group members were given a fresh insight into North Muskham’s second-oldest property at their monthly meeting on Thursday night, 4th December.
Group chairman Jim Wishart revealed that the Old Hall in North Muskham could have begun life as more than one property ... and that a small cottage initially thought to have been tacked onto the main building is almost certainly the oldest part.
Mr. Wishart explained that research by the group over the past few months has indicated a “kink” or join in key corridors and walls. Careful surveying has proven that the walls do not line-up. The likeliest explanation is that they were separate buildings at one stage.
The Old Hall has long been accepted as the oldest building in the village apart from St. Wilfrid’s Church. Massive stones from the devastated Newark Castle were used to build its cellar walls immediately after the Civil War and part of a stairway has been dated in the 1670s, though most of it was burnt by soldiers billeted there during the Second World War.
Mr. Wishart said the Group – formed earlier this year to encourage people in Bathley, Cromwell, Langford, Little Carlton, North Muskham and South Muskham to take more interest in their heritage – would now complete measurements of the Old Hall, record all reused roof timbers, research archived documents and maps, and collate information about its inhabitants and owners over the centuries.
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